Tuesday, December 8, 2009



(For M.R.T.)

His story cuts me to the quick.

secrets told after

an intimacy shared,

perhaps too soon.

Voice breaking,

heart broken

but spirit strong

after six

very short, very long years

And I know exactly what he means

when he tells me

he lost everything that day.


After he put down his weapon,

before he surrendered himself,

he found his straight edge.

The piece

of the puzzle of his life

that let him

begin again.

Lindsay Riggs Brown

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